Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 10:15 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
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Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) 
188 Madison Avenue
Between East 34th and East 35th Streets
New York, NY 10016

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SCORE NYC Workshop Committee 

How to Start a Nonprofit Business: A Practical Guide 

A collaboration between SCORE NYC and Lawyers Alliance for New York. The Lawyers Alliance is a recognized legal resource for nonprofits.

Listen to what our participants have to say about this workshop.
“I would recommend this workshop to anyone starting a non-profit corporation”.   “Very informative… provided excellent resources”. 
“Speakers were extremely knowledgeable and explained answers in a way that everyone could understand”.   “Covered everything I thought it would, and more”.

Who should attend?

Individuals seriously considering starting their own nonprofit organization.
Prospective members of executive management (The Board of Directors, Executive Directors, CFOs, Controllers and Program Directors) and prospective contributors.


Getting a new nonprofit organization off to the right start can mean the difference between success and failure. Nonprofits are companies with different missions and obligations than for-profits. Because of increased regulation of nonprofits, it is important that nonprofit managers understand the legal benefits and obligations of incorporation and tax-exemption.

This workshop, led by an expert on nonprofits, will take you step by step through a process of starting and running a successful nonprofit. It will delve into the business and legal aspects of launching a nonprofit, including legal obligations and differences in business approach.

At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Plan a nonprofit’s operations and funding, including the role of a fiscal sponsor
  • Solicit and account for funding: contracts, grants and contributions
  • Evaluate choices in acquiring assets
  • Develop and manage solvency for the agency and each program
  • Report results to the board and funders
  • Describe the mechanics of incorporation and securing recognition of tax-exempt status
  • Define the governance role of the board and its officers
  • Identify and manage legal nonprofit reporting requirements
  • Delineate the limitations on lobbying and political activities

Facilitator and Instructor:  Harry Precourt
Independent management and financial consultant; senior executive with major banking and accounting organizations. Expert in banking, business planning, workout and turnaround situations and financials for non-profits. Harry is a SCORE NYC mentor.

Instructor:  Neil Stevenson
Senior Staff Attorney Neil Stevenson is responsible for Lawyers Alliance's Economic Development program area which provides technical assistance to community development and nonprofit organizations in New York City. After more than 20 years in public and private practice, he joined Lawyers Alliance in 2004.

He contributed to Building Successful Collaborations: A Legal Guide for Nonprofits. Neil holds an LLM (1982) from Columbia University School of Law and an LLB Joint Honours from the University of Glasgow School of Law (1980).

Workshop Fees:  Online registration $59, walk-ins $69

There is a $10 discount on all Student and SEAP registrations 
(valid ID must be presented at the door; bring your SEAP forms to the workshop).

Please remember:

(1) Monitor your emails for any updates to the date/location/time.

(2) Our workshops are PAPERLESS, so you’ll receive an email the day before the workshop linking you to our handout. You should print it out or load it onto a laptop or tablet for viewing.

(3) Bring your cell phone as you will receive an email with a link to your workshop evaluation form. It will be sent to you toward the end of the workshop so you can complete it effortlessly online before you leave.